Redistricting

Hump day handouts

Mayors complain that NCGOP is dividing their communities

What's to complain about? Just another example of Republicans doing what Republicans do best.

"The problem with the redistricting is not the work you've done," said Jane Pinsky, director of the N.C. Coalition on Lobbying and Government Reform. "The problem is the process. The process has been created to be a partisan one ... to let the party in power to stay in power."

According to Michael Bitzer, a political scientist from Salisbury's Catawba College, that's exactly what's likely to happen. Bitzer analyzed the new legislative districts on how they voted in the last to presidential elections and compared that to how the state voted. His findings: In the 50-member Senate, 13 districts would be solidly Republican and 16 would lean Republican. Only five districts, he said, would be considered true toss-ups.

On a short leash

John Hood calls out Republicans on gerrymandering

It’s a Republican gerrymander, pure and simple.

Hat tip to Ed Cone for pointing in the direction of the Carolina Journal, where John Hood calls a spade a spade in the case of Republican redistricting shenanigans. He's a little late to the party, but has arrived nonetheless. Hood deserves full credit for taking this principled stand.

Senate legislative redistricting maps released

with extensive commentary from Rucho. You can either take the time to read his whiny comments, or accept my translation: We're doing exactly what we want, so stop your bitching.

There is no try, Mr. Rucho

Jim Morrill has a good summary of how twisted the GOP redistricting plan really is. But not to worry, Republican Bob Rucho says they'll "try" to correct anomalies where they can.

Just to say it, there is no try, Mr. Rucho. There is do or do not. Take a stand, sir.

Wow, Pop, thanks! A Congressional District just for me?

The NC Democratic Party calls a spade a spade. Via email.

No, it's not the Gerber Baby. Meet the hand-picked Republican frontrunner for the newly drawn 13th Congressional district and the son of the most powerful Republican in the Senate: The Berger Baby.

Phil Berger Jr may be 39 years old, but he is one lucky kid. His Dad - Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger Sr. - not only had a big hand in purging Brad Miller’s district of registered Democrats and proposing it run from Surry to Wake County, but he'll be able to steer incredible GOP resources to his son's Congressional campaign when the announcement becomes official this fall.

The GOP maps mean big opportunities for the children of gerrymandering in new majority Republican seats across the state. How many more Berger Babies are there?

Respect & Protect The Vote Rally: July 13th

On July 13th, the General Assembly is coming back to Raleigh – and so are we!

Republican leaders want to (1) pass new restrictions on voting in North Carolina, (2) adopt redistricting maps that misuse the Voting Rights Act to carve out more strongholds for conservatives, and (3) override Governor Perdue's vetoes, including the one against the voter photo ID bill.

Please join Democracy North Carolina and the Respect Our Vote coalition on July 13th to make it plain that we won’t tolerate partisan attacks on our right to vote or be represented. GOP leaders have reneged on their promise to bring more openness to government and more jobs to our state's struggling communities. Instead, they’ve passed laws for their campaign donors and their own partisan gain.

Learn more about the rally and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/iAGgZ9

Respect & Protect The Vote Rally

Jul 13 2011 11:00 am

On July 13th, the General Assembly is coming back to Raleigh – and so are we!

Republican leaders want to (1) pass new restrictions on voting in North Carolina, (2) adopt redistricting maps that misuse the Voting Rights Act to carve out more strongholds for conservatives, and (3) override Governor Perdue's vetoes, including the one against the voter photo ID bill.

Please join Democracy North Carolina and the Respect Our Vote coalition on July 13th to make it plain that we won’t tolerate partisan attacks on our right to vote or be represented. GOP leaders have reneged on their promise to bring more openness to government and more jobs to our state's struggling communities. Instead, they’ve passed laws for their campaign donors and their own partisan gain.

Learn more about the rally and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/iAGgZ9

Christensen on redistricting

I'm breaking my own rule against links to the N&O with this excellent slam by Rob Christensen on the Republican's whacked out redistricting plan. Maybe the Old Reliable is starting to wake up?

I am writing this column in my office in downtown Raleigh, which under the Republican plan will be in the same congressional district as Elizabeth City, 165 miles northeast. (If only I were so close to the beach.) When I am finished I will go home to Cary, which under the GOP plan will be in the same U.S. House district as Sampson County. Do you reckon the Cary planning board will allow industrial hog farming in solidarity with its new country cousins?

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